NaNoWriMo Progress: Forced Writing

It has been three weeks now and I’m still vaguely on target to hit 50,000 words by the end of November, however, it’s starting to get difficult. Really difficult. More difficult than I said before. I can’t really remember my word counts on every given day last week but I had a pretty bad few days towards the end and now I am having to force myself to write 2k words a day minimum to be able to just keep to the daily target set by the NaNoWriMo site. Nngh. I struggle with this, but I’m determined to make 50k.

See, I suppose the writery types reading this will understand this sentiment but I shall explain away anyway. I am really struggling to load up Scrivener day after day and sit down and write down a couple of thousand words. When you think that I manage about 500-600 in 15 minutes, it shouldn’t really be quite so hard, right? I mean it’s not like I hate my story. I’m loving creating this world and discovering who my characters are, what they can do and what kinds of creatures and enemies they face and why. It’s exciting and emotional. I’ve made myself cry writing this and well… yeah. It’s brilliant. Yet I’m still struggling. Couldn’t tell you why I just find it difficult to put thoughts down on the screen sometimes and I want to just curl up in a ball and cuddle up to my polar bear, you know? I tried Write or Die but all it does is distract me and then pasting it into Scrivener when I’m done and all the formatting is messed up bugs me.. so the biggest boost I can get is writing with other people. Doing word sprints and word wars. Something about it makes it so much easier to unblock yourself and just write. Anything. And that is such a great freedom but this late in the month it’s getting difficult to find people who are willing to sprint with me at the times I find it easiest to write.

So I’m struggling, but I’m determined to write 50,000 words by the end of the month. I’ve even pondered writing a short story just to mix it up a bit and add to the word count but I don’t have a clue what to write a short story about or really how to do a short story. We shall see, but I’m still on target guys, promise!

8 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Progress: Forced Writing”

  1. C’mon! I know you can do it! Sometimes, you reading what you’ve already written can help you carry on. And maybe if you want to do a short story, you can write it into your Novel and it could be a history of a place or the land. It could even be part of your prologue. Or (I’m getting carried away) you could write a very simple story as a list of one lines, and put a line at the start of each chapter. It kind of hints at the chapter, and provides something else to read. I don’t know, but whatever you do will be marvellous, I’m sure.

  2. You’re so close to finishing! Don’t give up, we will all cheer you on! *Throws sparkly, glittery stuff your way* besides when you win nanowrimo, think about all the amazing books you can buy to reward yourself with 🙂

    1. Haha that’s unlikely. HOWEVER my birthday is the 7th so yeah 😉
      When I win, I shall be purchasing Scrivener. That’s keeping me going!! Plus I wrote 2500 words today so, definitely a better day.

  3. You can definitely do it! You’re so close, and it would be a shame to give up on it – especially since you have me intrigued about your story. 🙂

    When I read back in what I’ve written, the parts where I’ve been forcing myself to write are really stiff and dreadful, but I’ve left them alone just to make the wordcount. There are some chapters that I really love as well, but you can definitely see the parts where I just wasn’t feeling it. Those will be rewritten.

    The whole point to NaNo (I think) is just meeting the challenge and doing it. There is no expectation of it being up to your standards or anyone elses – that will come in the rewrite. I just want to know that I said I was going to do it, and I did. We both have to make it!

    1. Ooh I know, I’m definitely not giving up and this story will see the light of day one way or the other! It’s just about motivation and beating the writing blahs. But this year, I’m gonna do it.

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